I think in starting this discussion it is imperative that we first address a question we all have:
What is Philosophy?
Essentially, the study of philosophy encompasses the fundamental structure of the universe. As such, this is a subject that is complex in defining; and philosophers of the 21st century are still arguing topics that Plato and Aristotle discussed 2,500 years ago.
By definition of the word itself, philosophy is the “love of wisdom.” It is truth seeking, and truth knowing – though truth is a topic we will discuss at another time.
Further, in determining what philosophy is, and how it applies to us in modern day, I think it is important for us to examine that which philosophy is not. By doing so, we must use comparisons consisting of that which we know, to understand that which we do not. I must first advise that by doing so, I am assuming that my readers have a general understanding of the following topics. So, now that I have you thoroughly confused, we will proceed.
Now that we have determine that which philosophy is not, I will attempt to clarify that which philosophy is.
Philosophy acts as a foundation, or framework for all studies. It questions the very existence of life. It presents an approach to question asking, and answer seeking; morality, and our obligation to such; it allows for the development of sound and valid arguments; and it encompasses that which we know of reason and rational about our reality and the universe.
While there are unlimited topics within philosophical discussion, my focus is primarily on the areas listed below: